The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

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Many people take energy for granted. Most do not think about where that electricity is coming from when they flip a switch or turn on a faucet. The fact is, is that our consumption of non-renewable energy cannot last forever. We need some type of alternative energy source. There are many types of alternative energy sources that are available to us today. Some however, such as nuclear energy, are often rejected due to the fears or concerns of many people. On the other hand, there are also many people in favor of nuclear energy. What it is that nuclear energy has to offer us? What could the effects of nuclear energy have on the future of Earth? What could it mean for people on Earth? What exactly is nuclear energy and how does it…show more content…
The use of renewable energies such as wind, solar, tidal, or geothermal power are not always reliable, can be very expensive, and can be difficult to harness. A dry spell of wind or a cloudy, cold, snowy winter could cause these types of energy to be useless to us. Other times we might get an abundance of wind or sun, but how do we harness this for later use? Many think the answer is simply storing the energy in batteries but this is a very uneconomical option. The size and amounts of batteries and renewable energy plants needed to do this would be outrageous and quite frankly, impossible (Lowe, 16). Take a large city for example. Running a city on renewable energy would be problematic, especially during peak operating hours like mornings and at nights after work. Power would not always be reliable because obviously it is not always windy or sunny and grid wide power outages would make a lot of unhappy people. What would hospitals, police stations, or other services that need to be open 24 hours a day do with such blackouts? If these blackouts occur just a few times, imagine the chaos that would ensue (Lowe, 18). People get angry when the power or internet is not working right for a few minutes. Imagine the problems that would ensue from blackouts that occur daily when people are making dinner or getting ready

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